Hope to rise, a rise of hope
Grant Gullett of Houston Texas is on his way to accomplishing the goal he made at the age of six. After suffering many career-stopping injuries, Gullet continues to thrive and pursue the game of basketball.
He fell in love with the sport at a very young age. Moving from place-to-place and undergoing struggles with physical health encouraged him to strive for greatness. He wished to make it on a professional roster before the age of 25.
Gullett attended a local university in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he averaged 12.1 points per game with 21 minutes of playing time. He has made a name for himself, able to master timing for a putback or catch the defense by surprise with his long-range shots.
While Gullet was a star athlete, his injuries put him on hold. Pro scouts lost interest after he tore his meniscus in February 2016. Gullett spent months rehabbing in order to get back on the court as soon as possible. Once he did, he suffered the same predicament when he broke both his wrists. These injuries took an emotional toll on Gullett, but they didn't stop him from reaching his goal. He wanted to make his family proud, and he wasn't ready to throw in the towel.
He consistently worked on making his body stronger by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. After a full recovery, Gullet was an explosive force once again, leading the team in rebounds and being one of the top contenders for the next NBA draft evaluation.
After graduating, he received an offer to play in the Chinese league. He spent four and a half months adapting to Chinese culture and bringing his all to gain the recognition he needed for the next level.
Gullett said he felt like a celebrity when fans constantly asked him for photos and autographs.
"It's a cool feeling to be recognized for all the hard work, especially after all the struggles," Gullett said.
Tired of the food and not really enjoying the culture, Gullett sought elsewhere to improve his game. In the summer of 2019, he was given the opportunity to train with the New York Knicks.
Although his love for the game of basketball is evident, it doesn't compare to the love that he has for his family and offering a helping hand to others. Gullett’s persistence and constant motivation are attracting scouts from all over the world. He truly believes that he’s on his way to making his dreams come true.
By Javi Sarache Jr.